Goodman Theatre’s Communications team is responsible for the earned media efforts (press/publicity) and select owned media tactics (visuals, video, Playbill) to promote the theater’s productions and programs, and advance the Goodman as a not-for-profit theater arts and community organization. Areas of oversight include message development, media relations, content generation and information distribution to support ticket sales and the Goodman Theatre’s mission. This team collaborates with theater leadership and all departments across the organization.
The Publicity Coordinator reports to the Communications Director, with whom the Coordinator assists in the messaging, planning and execution of all aspects of publicity campaigns and public information programs. In addition, the Coordinator serves as a contributing editor and production manager for the Goodman’s Playbill program.
Goodman Theatre produces a five-play season in the 856-seat Albert Ivar Goodman Theatre and a three-play season in the 350-seat Owen Bruner Goodman Theatre. In addition, the Goodman produces two holiday productions—A Christmas Carol and The Santaland Diaries—the annual New Stages Festival, plus a variety of special events and education and engagement programs.
Work with Communications Director to develop/implement/evaluate opportunistic press plans for productions/events
Serve as an editor and project manager for Playbill—including editorial planning, calendar/deadline management, artist bio procurement and editing, routing, work with Design
Write press releases
Assist with planning, logistics and internal communication for publicity opportunities
Research media opportunities/contacts and maintain press lists using Tessitura and CisionPoint
Assemble and update background pitch materials for each production/event
Create and maintain the Publicity Calendar, keeping current with deadlines and reminders
Assist with the scheduling, facilitation, and distribution of photo and video assets
Coordinate opening night prep—including attendance lists, numbers updates, seating, greeting press at event
Co-Mentor department intern(s)
Work with Intern to maintain the “Press Room” pages on GoodmanTheatre.org
Archival duties, including distribution of materials to other theaters, producers, journalists, scholars and students
Assist with departmental administrative responsibilities as needed
Experience: Candidates must have at least two years of experience in communications, media/public relations—ideally for a theater. Established relationships with members of the Chicago and national media a plus.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in theater, journalism, communications, English or related field.
Required Skills: Must be a strong writer, self-starter, self-motivated, highly organized and able to work well with artists and staff within all disciplines and levels within the theater. Must have excellent editing and interpersonal skills. Experience with Tessitura a plus. Must have a self-motivated work style.
Salary is commensurate with experience; full benefits package included.
Goodman Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.
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About Goodman Theatre
Goodman Theatre, Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit theater, has won international renown for the quality of productions, the depth and diversity of artistic leadership, and the excellence of its many community and educational programs.
By dedicating itself to three guiding principles—quality, diversity and community—Goodman Theatre seeks to be the premier cultural organization in Chicago, providing productions and programs that make an essential contribution to the quality of life in our city.